UGC NET Syllabus for Law

Law UGC NET New Syllabus

The University Grants Commission (UGC) NET Bureau revised its syllabus for UGC NET in Law in June, 2019 and the same syllabus will be applicable for the upcoming UGC NET / JRF and SET or SLET examination. The detailed syllabus for paper-1 can be found at UGC NET Syllabus for Paper-1. The details of syllabus of Paper-2 can be downloaded in the pdf format from the following link:

Law UGC NET Syllabus for Paper-2 (New and Updated)

Law UGC NET Old Syllabus

The UGC NET examination old syllabus which was applicable till December, 2018 can be downloaded in the pdf format from the following link. Kindly note that this syllabus is considered as outdated and now not applicable for the upcoming UGC NET examination in Law. You can use it only for your reference purpose.

Law UGC NET Syllabus for Paper-2 (Old or Previous)

The detailed UGC NET old syllabus in Law is given below.

UGC NET Syllabus in Law

NTA UGC NET/JRF/SET/SLET Syllabus for Law, Code No: 58 is given below

UGC NET Paper-2 Syllabus

1. Constitutional Law of India


Fundamental Rights and Duties.

Directive Principles of State Policy.



Union State Legislative Relations.

Emergency Provisions

Amendment of the Constitution.

Writ Jurisdiction

2. Legal Theory

Nature and Sources of Law.

Positivism, Natural. Law Theory, Sociological Jurisprudence.

Theories of Punishment.

Rights and Duties.

Concepts of Possession and Ownership.

3. Public International Law

Nature of International Law and its relationship with Municipal Law.

Sources of International Law.

Recognition of States and Governments.

United Nations

Settlement of International Disputes.

Human Rights

4. Family Law

Concepts in Family Law.

Sources of Family Law in India.

Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage.

5. Law of Contracts

General Principles

Essentials of a valid contract.

Offer, acceptance and consideration.

Capacity to Contract : Minor’s contract.

Elements vitiating contract : Mistake, fraud, misrepresentation, public policy, coercion, undue influence, frustration of contract.

Remedies for breach of contract : Damages.

6. Law of Torts

Foundation of Tortuous Liability.

General Defences to an action of Torty.

Vicarious Liability

Remoteness of Damages.

Contributory Negligence

Absolute and Strict Liability.

7. Law of Crimes

General Principles

Nature and Definition of Offence.

General Exceptions

Common Intention and Common Object.

Criminal Attempt, Conspiracy and Abetment.

Offences against Women.

8. Labour Law

Concepts: Industry, Industrial Dispute and Workman.

Trade Unions: Rights and Immunities of Registered Trade Union; Registration and its advantages.

Methods for Settlement of Industrial Disputes under Industrial Disputes Act,

Strike and Lockout as Instruments of Collective Bargaining.

Retrenchment, Lay – off and Closures.

UGC NET Paper-2 Syllabus Continues

The following part of the UGC NET syllabus were previously under UGC NET Paper-3 (Part-A and Part-B) syllabus in Law, however, as UGC has now only two papers i.e. UGC NET Paper-1 which is general and compulsory for all subjects and UGC NET Paper-2 on the specific subject (including all electives, without options) instead of previous three papers i.e. UGC NET Paper-1 which was general and compulsory for all subjects and UGC NET Paper-2 and Paper-3 on the specific subject, so, now-a-days, the following part is also considered as part of the UGC NET Paper-2 syllabus.

(Core and Elective / Optional)

Unit – I

Essential Features of Indian Constitution.

Distribution of Legislative Powers between Union and States.

Fundamental Rights, Fundamental Duties and Directive Principles of State Policy.


Parliament and State Legislatures

Amending Process of the Constitution.

Role of Election Commission in Democratic Process.

Unit – II

Nature, Scope and Importance of Administrative Law.

Principles of Natural Justice.

Administrative Discretion and its control.

Judicial Review of Administrative Action-Writ Jurisdiction.

Lokpal and Lokayukta.

Unit – III

Nature and Sources of Law.

Legal Concepts : Right, Duty, Ownership, Possession and Person Judicial. Process : Application of Doctrine of Precedent of India.

Judicial Contribution in Bringing Social Changes.

Law and Morality.

Unit – IV

General Principles of Criminal Law-meaning, nature, essentials and stages of offence.

Joint Liability; Abetment and Criminal Conspiracy.

Offences against Human Body.

Offences against Property.


Unit – V

Environmental Pollution : Meaning of Environment and Environmental Pollution; Kinds of Pollution.

Legislative Measures for Prevention and Control of Environmental Pollution in India – Air and Water Pollution and General Protection of Environment.

International Development for protection of Environmental Pollution.

Remedies for Environmental Protection : Civil, Criminal and Constitutional.

Importance of Forest and Wildlife in protecting environment.

Environmental impact assessment and control of Hazardous wastes.

Unit – VI

Nature of International Law and its sources.

Concept of sovereignty and its relevance today.

Recognition of State and Governments.

Extradition, Asylum, Nationality and Status of Refugees.

International Court of Justice.

UNO and its organs.

Global Trade Regime under International Law.

Unit –



Adoption and Guardianship


Matrimonial Remedies

Uniform Civil Code

Unit – VIII

Concept and Development of Human Rights.

Contribution of United Nations in the development and implementation of Human Rights.

Implementation of Human Rights in India : Role of National Human Rights Commission.

Protection of Marginalised Groups : Women, Children, Minorities and Refugees.

Unit – IX

Nature and definition of Tort.

General Principles of Tortuous Liability.

Specific Torts: Negligence, Nuisance and Defamation.

Absolute Liability: Emerging trends in India.

Consumer Protection: Evolution of Consumer Rights and Redressal of Consumer Grievances.

Unit – X

Partnership Act : Nature and essentials of partnership mutual rights and liabilities of partners, advantages of registration of firms.

Sales of Goods Act.

Negotiable Instruments Act.

Company Law: Role of Directors, Doctrines of Indoor Management and Ultra Vires.

Law: Law is a term which does not have a universally accepted definition, but one definition is that law is a system of rules and guidelines which are enforced through social institutions to govern behaviour. Laws can be made by legislatures through legislation (resulting in statutes), the executive through decrees and regulations, or judges through binding precedents (normally in common law jurisdictions). Private individuals can create legally binding contracts, including (in some jurisdictions) arbitration agreements that exclude the normal court process. The formation of laws themselves may be influenced by a constitution (written or unwritten) and the rights encoded therein. The law shapes politics, economics, and society in various ways and serves as a mediator of relations between people.

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